Think back to when you were first married. And the day that you got home from your honeymoon and the wedding was over, the reception was over, and you were finally home with your spouse. And the celebration of your big day was now turned into the reality of starting your lives. Were you overwhelmed, relieved, excited?
After we left our wedding reception, we had some awesome friends and family who took tuxes back to the tux store, took rentals back to the event rental store, and delivered our wedding gifts to our house. And the presents were out of control! Don’t get me wrong, we were so thankful for them, but they literally filled up an entire bedroom!
We tried our very best to go through each gift carefully. Rodney would open and I would write down who it was from and what they gave us. We thought we had this process down to a science until we later found out that we sent a thank you note to someone that had not given us a gift.
And of course in our thank you note we said all of the nice things that you are supposed to say. We thanked them for their “super thoughtful gift” that “meant so much to us” and on and on.. And yet they had not given us anything! But we were so paranoid about possibly forgetting to thank someone, that we went overboard and literally thanked everyone!
Do you ever wonder if you are thanking the wrong person for what you have been given?
Because we get our paycheck from our job, so we are thankful to our boss and our company for our good raise. Or we get a good deal on a house in this economy, so we are thankful to our realtor for finding it for us or for the bank pulling through.
And then some of us take it to the other extreme. And we don’t give credit to anyone at all, besides ourselves of course. Because we researched it, we earned it, and we did all of the work for it. Whatever “it” is becomes all about us.
Can you imagine if every time you got a gift you thanked yourself for it because you “deserved” it or you thanked your Mom for it when it really came from your sister? Seems silly right? God thinks so too.
Absolutely everything comes from God. If He was concerned enough to give you air to breathe and a life to live, He is concerned enough about what goes on in your life to give you the things that you have. He didn’t create us, then tell us to figure it out from there. And if you don’t think that God really cares, read here about how He cares about even the smallest things.
But what if there are more things in life to be thankful for than your job, the food in your fridge, the roof over your head? Because those are all really important things. But there is more. God is so much bigger than those things.
Check back tomorrow. It may not be the typical “Sunday School” answer you may be expecting.